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The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century: The Nineteenth Century


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The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century provides scholars, instructors, and students with the most influential essays that have defined the field of American girls' history and culture. A relatively new and energetic field of inquiry, girl-centered research is critical for a fuller understanding of women and gender, a deeper consideration of childhood and adolescence, and a greater acknowledgment of the significance of generation as a historical force in American culture and society.
Bringing together work from top scholars of women and youth, The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Nineteenth Century addresses topics ranging from diary writing and toys to prostitution and slavery. Covering girlhood and the relationships between girls and women, this pioneering volume tackles pivotal themes such as education, work, play, sexuality, consumption, and the body. The reader also illuminates broader nineteenth-century developments—including urbanization, industrialization, and immigration--through the often-overlooked vantage point of girls. As these essays collectively suggest, nineteenth-century girls wielded relatively little political or social power but carved out other spaces of self-expression.
Contributors are Carol Devens, Miriam Forman-Brunell, Jane H. Hunter, Anya Jabour, Anne Scott MacLeod, Susan McCully, Mary Niall Mitchell, Leslie Paris, Barbara Sicherman, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Christine Stansell, Nancy M. Theriot, and Deborah Gray White.

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Forman-Brunell (history, U. of Missouri-Kansas City) and Paris (U. of British Columbia) collect essays that have defined the field of American girls' history and culture, written by pioneering scholars in the field of girls' history scholarship. Contributors offer an interdisciplinary approach to girlhood and share an interest in questions of individual and collective agency and the structures within which girls are raised. Major themes are education, work, sexuality, and the body, with topics ranging from toys to prostitution. The book also illuminates broader 19th century developments, such as urbanization, industrialism, and immigration through the perspective of girls. Some specific topics include Shaker spirit possession, female education in an antebellum Southern family, missionary education of Native American girls, and the politics of dollhood in 19th century America. The book is for scholars, instructors, and students. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Miriam Forman-Brunell is a professor of history at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and the author of Babysitter: An American History and other works. Leslie Paris is an associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia and the author of Children's Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp.

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Forman Brunell, Miriam
University of Illinois Press
Forman-Brunell, Miriam
Paris, Leslie
Paris, Leslie
Forman-Brunell, Miriam
Children's Studies
Women's Studies - General
United States - 19th Century
Sociology-Children and Family
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1st Edition
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9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » 1800 to 1920
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

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